One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mistaken repetition of a letter, word, or phrase by a copyist.
- ‘It has therefore been left out as a possible dittography, but certainly not translateable.’
- ‘Like almost every other hit I clicked on, it seems to me an example of inadvertent duplication (dittography).’
- ‘On the facing pages of chapter 1 is an exact transcription of the codex, haplographies, dittographies, misspellings, lacunae, and all.’
- ‘Jeremiah 15: 13-14 are a dittography of Jeremiah 17: 3f.’
- ‘The many dittographies in the manuscript have been faithfully transcribed by Hamdan Hassan, and have been retained in the MCP text.’
- ‘The initial mem found in the MT may have been added accidentally due to dittography with the final mem on the immediately preceding word.’
- ‘Haplography is writing once what should be written twice, such as defendum rather than defendendum, and dittography is the opposite.’
- ‘Examples of the second type are treatments on dittography, haplography, harmonization, and itacisms.’
- ‘Some scholars suggest the phrase may be the result of dittography from the earlier phrase ‘to each people according to its language.’’
Late 19th century: from Greek dittos ‘double’ + -graphy.
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